Next line of young­sters ca­pa­ble of re­claim­ing lost glory: Jan­sher

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—For­mer world num­ber one Jan­sher Khan has said that Pak­istan’s next line of young­sters is highly tal­ented and the day is not far away when the coun­try will once again shine in game of squash.

“It is heart­en­ing to note that we’ve a large num­ber of young­sters in our squash acad­e­mies now. The way they are show­ing in­ter­est in squash and be­ing trained, I’m sure we will re­claim our sta­tus in squash in next two to three years”, he told APP.

“I’ve been con­sis­tently stat­ing that tal­en­t­wise our play­ers are far su­pe­rior to other squash play­ing na­tions but when it comes to fit­ness they lag behind. But the steps taken by in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan Squash Fed­er­a­tion (PSF) Air Chief Marshall So­hail Aman Khan have given our squash a new di­rec­tion,” said Jan­sher, who is also ad­vi­sor to the PSF Pres­i­dent.

He said that Pak­istan play­ers were be­ing provided world class fa­cil­i­ties. “Squash acad- emies have been set up in dif­fer­ent cities of the coun­try. I’m also as­sist­ing Pak­istan Air Force Academy in Pe­shawar, where around 32 young­sters of dif­fer­ent age groups are be­ing groomed.

“I see our young­sters with ef­fec­tive style. I also note them work­ing hard to im­prove their fit­ness as well as the game. These are the things which can take you to the heights once again,” said Jan­sher, who won World Open ti­tle for record con­sec­u­tive eight years be­sides win­ning Bri­tish Open for six years and Su­per Se­ries for four times.

To a ques­tion he said that though Farhan Za­man and Farhan Me­hboob’s per­for­mance had been good in the re­cent past Pak­istan play­ers would have to per­form at cov­eted squash events like World Open and Bri­tish Open. “Our focus should not be just on Asian events. We had been world’s top squash na­tion and we’ve to reach to that level once again,” he said.—APP

Mah­mood Alam re­ceiv­ing first prize in pro­fes­sional cat­e­gory from Lt-Gen­eral (Retd) Saba­hat Hussain in an event or­ga­nized by FF Cen­tre. Com­man­dant FF Cen­tre Brig Shahid Saeed was also present.

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